The Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature
English professor John Sitter wrote the book on Literary Loneliness in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England; the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies awarded him the Louis Gottschalk Prize for that title, which has become recommended reading for all who study the eighteenth century. He has received residential fellowship awards from the National Humanities Center and Emory University’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry.
John is a co-teacher of the new interdisciplinary course "Sustainability: Principles and Practices." In addition, Sitter is author of three other books, namely Arguments of Augustan Wit, The Poetry of Pope's "Dunciad,” and The Cambridge Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, currently in press. He has also edited three books. In addition to late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, Sitter is an expert on poetry and poetics, satire, nature poetry, and ecological criticism.
The Notre Dame Professorship in Literature was endowed in 2009, by Notre Dame Trustee and parent Fritz L. Duda. He and his wife, Mary Lee, have established professorships in each of Notre Dame’s colleges and schools.